March 31, 2020
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CLE Events

OnDemand CLE

Watch webinars on what you want, when you want! Visit the NSBA’s on-demand CLE portal, to view a webinar at your convenience and earn distance-learning CLE credit, including professional responsibility (ethics) and GAL credit. 

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CLE Partner Webcasts

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COVID 19 Related Court Orders
For a comprehensive list of Judicial Orders regarding COVID-19 click here:

2020 Judicial Evaluation Poll
The Nebraska State Bar Association’s 2020 Judicial Evaluation Poll will be made available as an online survey. You will receive an email link to the survey on April 21, 2020. Please make sure the NSBA has your current email on file before this date.  The deadline to respond to the survey is May 25, 2020.

Zoom Meeting Tips and Tricks:
We know that many of our members are using zoom for the first time. Here are some handy tips and tricks to use Zoom like a pro:

Nebraska Supreme Court removes distance learning cap for MCLE hours
The Nebraska Supreme Court has temporarily removed the 5-hour cap on distance learning for CLE. In 2020, when Nebraska lawyers file their annual MCLE report with the Attorney Services Division, ASD will accept reports that have no live education as long as report 10 credits, 2 of which are professional responsibility/ethics hours. If you earn more than 10 CLE hours in 2020, please note that only the live hours can be carried over to 2021. The NSBA is committed to continuing to provide a robust calendar of CLE options. In the coming weeks, those options will be limited to distance learning options, such as webcasts (visit the CLE calendar at for options) and the 100+ programs available on the NSBA’s on-demand platform:

Nominations for NSBA President-Elect Designate
The nominee for President-Elect Designate for 2022-2023 will be selected from the members who reside in Douglas or Sarpy counties. If you are interested in serving, please send your name and a short statement of interest (300 words) to Liz Neeley, NSBA Executive Director, at, no later than April 3, 2020. The Executive Council will meet in April to nominate one individual for the position of President-Elect Designate. When the nominee has been selected by the Executive Council, an announcement will be disseminated to all active members of the NSBA. Any member from the designated counties may submit a petition (signed by 25 active bar members) to run against the nominee of the Executive Council. If no petition is filed within 30 days of the announcement of the nominee, he or she is declared as President-Elect Designate for 2022-2023. If a petition is filed, electronic ballots will be sent. This is a four-year term. The President-Elect Designate automatically succeeds to the position of President-elect, and then President. They then serve on the Executive Council for a year as Past President.

Free Legal Help Hotline Available for Nebraskans Affected by COVID-19
Nebraskans who have questions or are experiencing legal problems due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 public health emergency now have an easy way to get legal advice and help. The free COVID-19 Disaster Relief Hotline is available to Nebraskans affected by COVID-19 and in need of legal assistance. Hosted by Legal Aid of Nebraska, working closely with the Nebraska State Bar Association’s Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP), this Hotline aims to make key legal assistance easy and accessible.  Full Press Release

2020 Public Service Awards
The Nominating Committee of the House of Delegates of the Nebraska State Bar Association is seeking nominees for the Public Service Awards to be presented at the 2020 Annual Meeting in October. Nominations should be made on the following form and returned to the committee on or before May 25, 2020.

The CARES Act - Impact on Federal Student Loans
The Cares Act suspends payments without the accrual of interest through 9/30/2020. Additionally, these suspended payments count as qualified payments for the purpose of loan forgiveness programs. The bill does not affect private loans. If you’re interested in learning more, here’s a comprehensive article that recently appeared in Forbes – What The Coronavirus Stimulus Means for your Student Loans.

John R. Justice Student Loan Repayment Program for Prosecutors and Public Defenders (JRJ)
The John R. Justice Student Loan Repayment Program is a federal program that will be administered by the Nebraska Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice. The purpose of the program is to encourage lawyers to enter and be retained as full-time public defenders and public criminal prosecutors. Selected public prosecutors and defenders will receive educational loan repayments if they promise to remain as a public prosecutor or defender in Nebraska for at least three years. To review eligibility criteria for this student loan repayment program and for the application visit:

Recent Supreme Court Cases

Week of March 27, 2020

305 Neb. 363 State v. Britt
  S-19-056  305 Neb. 376   State v. Guzman
S-19-059   305 Neb. 396    State ex rel. Counsel for Dis. v. Argyrakis
S-19-227  305 Neb. 409  State v. Kelley
S-19-360 305 Neb. 415  State v. Stabler

Week of March 20, 2020

305 Neb. 289
State v. Lierman
S-19-459 305 Neb. 321 Hochstein v. Cedar Cty. Bd. of Adjustment
 S-19-604 305 Neb. 334 State v. Thelen
S-19-605 305 Neb. 351  County of Cedar v. Thelen  

For a complete listing of recent opinions, visit the Nebraska Judicial Branch Website.


Casemaker Weekly Update - My Account Menu
The first option provided in the My Account menu is settings. Clicking this link will allow you to change the Casemaker default settings in favour of your preferences. On the settings page, you will see four tabs. First, the General Settings tab. Here you can choose how many results appear on the screen at a time and what page you land on when you first log in. If you want the system to default to include related federal materials when searching from a state page, as well as when using the Annotator and Citing References tabs. You can choose if your default browsing method is list view or tree view, and if you would like the Notes you type in to be visible on those documents. 

The Search Settings tab is next. Here you can select your default search area and data type, number of results per page, and sort order. You can also let the Casemaker4 system know if you want to include unpublished cases in your search results. 

The Email and Print Settings tab provides an opportunity to enter an email address to be automatically populated when emailing documents. You can also choose your default document format for printing, emailing, and downloading, as well as the page layout and preference for printing documents or a list of results. 

The next option in My Account menu is Profile. Here you can provide some basic personal information for your profile. This makes it easier for our customer service representatives to locate your account in the event you need assistance and allows you to manage your billing information for any paid subscriptions you may be subscribed to. If you are a member of a bar association that provides Casemaker4 as a valued member benefit the billing tab will not be relevant to you as your subscription is paid for by the association. 

The Folders, and Client links, as well as the Print Queue link, works, in the same way as the corresponding links in the top Features Toolbar. These links allow you to manage your folders, clients and the documents in your print queue. 

The Notes link allows you to view and manage the notes you have added to various documents throughout Casemaker all in one place. Clicking on the citation the note is associated with will bring you right back to the document and your notes. 

My Libra Books provides you with the listing of documents you have leased through Libra. Several bar associations and publishers offer materials via Casemaker Libra. (Casemaker Libra will soon be fully integrated into Casemaker4 as well).

You will also see a link for Mobile Application in the My Accounts menu. Casemaker does have a mobile application that you can download to your Android or Apple Device. It is free to use and free to download. To use the application, you will need to register for it. Clicking the link will pull up the registration form. Some basic registration information is needed, such as first and last name, email address, phone number, that kind of thing. Once you have registered you will be provided with a reference code. After you have registered, each time you click the Mobile Application link the reference code will be provided to you. Once you have downloaded the app you will be asked to provide the email address you registered with as well as the reference code you were given. This will link your mobile application to your Casemaker account, storing your search history and allowing you to utilize your folders.

The last few options in the My Account menu are related to services Casemaker partners with. While all of these partnerships are separate subscriptions and costs, many of the companies listed offer Casemaker4 users discounts for their services. 

  • Cosmolex is an accounting a practice management software that integrates with your Casemaker4 account
  • Discovery Genie is a minimalist, less-is-more discovery tool to simplify document production for cases with up to 35,000 pages.
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  • Memos, Briefs and Discovery leads to the Legal Research Center. This service that helps you manage your workload by doing research for you, and writing memos, briefs and more
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